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cant decide the truth of needle

hi
today i went for a blood test , at a registered medical lab which is dam super clean in yangon Myanmar , the nurse covered her hand with gloves , then cleaned the area of my arm with alcohol patch , and for drawing the blood she used multi sample collection needle , (venipuncture ), the issue is i did not see or i did not noticed that the multi sample collection needle was sealed or not , as u know or you remember they keep all these in a basket and pick one for the test , after the blood was drawn she threw it in dustbin , i am now being paranoid as if she has used a old one , or someone has touched the needle and then covered it again , can i get hiv or hepatitis or any other infection ,
or please tell that needle cap once opened cannot be put back , or what is the possibility that someone can get infected this way

I am in doubt , can a health worker do this , or how safe are these multi sample collection needles are , can there cap opened once cant be put back or what are the chances it was old or someone has just touched it and pack it back , my fault is i didnt noticed its seal but now i am being paranoid , how stupid i can be

i visited that lab again today morning , and saw everything again, the needles were in basket , sealed everyone , i asked their manager , she told me they only use needle once , but i am still paranoid

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